My child’s mental illness made me a better person. His struggles and other’s reaction to it, have created in me compassion, empathy, and a strong desire to combat ignorance with education. Our lives have been a picture of “what-not-to-do.” I operated solely out of fear. Fear of making a mistake, fear of doing the wrong things. Fear of failing, and yet, the smallest amount of light coming forth from those who have walked before me have brought grace. It is with that grace that I can be grateful for my child’s illnesses and the unexpected blessings that accompany it!

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